Divock Origi says playing with Liverpool team mate Daniel Sturridge is a pleasure, even though they are two very different kinds of strikers.
The two strikers are having opposing seasons with Origi having overtaken Sturridge is Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts, with seven goals in 20 appearances across all competitions.
By contrast Sturridge has just one Premier League goal this campaign, while he has only been used from the substitutes’ bench since October.
But despite their differing situations and competing with each other for a starting place in Klopp’s line-up, Origi says he and Sturridge support each other.
“Daniel is a great person and a great footballer – it’s a pleasure to play with him,” he told the club website.
“We have to support each other, all of us in each part of the team. All the strikers up front, we try to get the most from ourselves so we can push ourselves.
“In the end, it’s the manager who makes the decisions but if everybody is in top form, it’s beneficial for the team and that’s very important for the season.
“Daniel is a different type of player [to me], so I can see elements of his game and learn from them. I enjoy playing with him, he is a very intelligent player.
“People sometimes may only talk about his finishing quality, but he has great passing skills too for example. He has already proven his quality and he is a very, very important player for this team.”
Despite Origi’s upturn in fortunes of late, both strikers began the hugely important clash with Manchester City on New Year’s Eve on the substitutes’ bench.
Klopp bought Emre Can into the line-up, with Roberto Firmino preferred up front, and although Origi came off the bench in the second half, it was Georginio Wijnaldum’s header from Adam Lallana’s cross that won it.
The 1-0 win over third-placed City means Liverpool are the only real challengers to table-toppers Chelsea, who are six points clear.
Liverpool have now won their last four league games and will be looking to continue their form when they take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Monday.